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Nissan testing LEAF as electrical power storage and supply for office buildings; LEAF-to-Building a development of LEAF-to-Home

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Vehicle-To-Building” allows up to six Nissan LEAF EVs to be connected to a building’s power distribution board. Charging is phased during the day so at peak hours, when electricity is most expensive, the building draws power from the cars. reduction of electrical power use during peak hours, a saving of nearly ¥500,000 (US$4,900) per year in electrical power cost (based on current Tokyo Electric Power Company’s rates).

Sanyo to Begin Mass Production of Li-ion Systems for Power Storage and Light Electric Vehicle Applications

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Sanyo Li-ion systems for power storage (left) and light electric vehicle (right) applications. The Standard Battery System for Electric Motors (EVB-101) can be used to power light electric vehicles that are in the R&D or small-scale mass production stages. Power generation.

BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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BMW i announced a home stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery at EVS 29 in Montréal. The battery storage system electrified by BMW i can be equipped with new or second-life batteries.

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BMW Group and Vattenfall start new research project on the secondary use of EV batteries

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BMW Group and Vattenfall have started a new research project on the secondary use of high-voltage EV batteries using batteries from the MINI E and the BMW ActiveE as stationary power storage. The focus of the partners is the use of second-life EV packs for caching power at fast charging stations and solar installations, and also large installations for grid stabilization.

Sumitomo installs first large-scale power system using used EV batteries

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Sumitomo Corporation has developed and installed the first large-scale power storage system which utilizes used batteries collected from electric vehicles. This commercial scale storage system, built on Yume-shima Island, Osaka, will begin operating in February 2014.

New Li-S battery shows cycle performance comparable to that of Li-ion batteries along with more than double the energy density

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sulfur batteries, particularly for use in emerging markets, including portable devices, electric vehicles, and large-scale power storage systems for renewable energies.

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Nissan and Endesa collaborating to deliver vehicle-to-grid systems to market

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This Vehicle to Grid (V2G) system consists of the Endesa two-way charger and an energy management system that can also integrate such off-grid, and renewable, power generation as solar panels and wind turbines. Electricity generated by solar panels or wind turbines can be used to charge a vehicle, to power the home or business, or to feed back to the grid.

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Vattenfall contracts with BMW for up to 1,000 new 33 kWh Li-ion batteries this year for storage projects in wind farms

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Vattenfall will purchase the new batteries from the BMW plant in Dingolfing and use them in all storage projects. The first energy storage from the BMW-i3 batteries is being built at the 122 MW onshore wind farm “Princess Alexia” near Amsterdam. megawatts (MW), it is Vattenfall’s first large storage project in the Netherlands. This is a so-called storage control unit made of batteries. Other possible applications would be electricity storage in private households.

Ioxus introduces 3 new ultracapacitor modules targeting automotive, wind, industrial applications

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Ultracapacitor manufacturer Ioxus introduced three new modules: the iMOD 16V/500F, 80V/12F and 48V/165F, which all deliver higher power and energy densities as compared with competitive products, according to the company.

China BAK receives $1.9M government subsidy for Li-ion battery module project; more orders for e-bike packs

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China BAK’s battery module is consists of cylindrical cells that can be used in electric vehicles (EVs), electric motors, electric bicycles (e-bikes) and power storage. Additionally, China BAK announced that it has received new orders from its e-bike customers and expects to deliver 12,000 high-power lithium-ion battery units to its e-bike customers by the end of April 2012. China BAK Battery, Inc.

Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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superior safety profile of which offer great potential for hybrid and electric vehicle batteries as well as stationary applications (solar and wind power storage systems). Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. sublicense under a portfolio of key patents for the manufacture, sale and use of lithium metal phosphate (LMP), including lithium iron phosphate (LFP).

Royal Academy of Engineering and Highview create 5-year research chair in liquid air energy storage

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LAES has the potential to drive the development of variable renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, due to its ability to convert excess/off-peak electricity into multi megawatts hours of stored energy.

Toshiba’s SCiB battery for the Fit EV

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Honda selected Toshiba Corporation’s SCiB rechargeable Li-ion battery to power the Fit EV. The SCiB cells use lithium titanate oxide in the battery anode, enabling rapid charge times and a long battery life, with stable power discharge in a wide range of environments. 20Ah SCiB cell.

Ioxus introduces new iCAP ultracapacitor series with a 3,000F cell

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Rated at 2.7V (2.85V surge), the new iCAP represents the lowest weight, lowest equivalent series resistance (ESR) and highest power density currently available in the market for energy storage cells, the company says. The iCAP 3000F cells. Click to enlarge. Ioxus, Inc.

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Lightning Hybrids releases initial emissions testing results for medium-duty hydraulic hybrids

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Lightning Hybrids’ system functions like other hybrids that add a secondary power source to an existing engine. The essence is to replace a diesel-powered GMC 4500 shuttle with gasoline Ford E450s upfitted with the Lightning Hybrids system. The Lightning Hybrid system. Click to enlarge.

Volvo Car Group testing lightweight structural energy storage material applied in trunk lid and plenum cover

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In one of the papers related to the work, a team from Imperial College London (the academic lead on the project), noted: To date, two main strategies have been applied to the fabrication of multifunctional structural energy storage devices.

Prototype electric New Flyer transit bus powered by 120 kWh MHI MLiX Li-ion pack in operational testing in Manitoba, Canada

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An all-electric, battery-powered prototype demonstration bus under joint development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The 40-foot “E-Bus” is based on New Flyer’s 40-foot Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus and is powered by a 120 kWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack developed by MHI. As the first step of the initiative, the partners have been working since April 2011 to develop and demonstrate a lithium-ion rechargeable battery-powered bus and recharging technology.

Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

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Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was $270.2 Wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-power, geothermal, small hydro and marine power contributed an estimated 9.1% Biomass Fuels Power Generation Solar Wind

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Mitsubishi Heavy develops containerized large-scale Li-ion energy storage system

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MHI), has developed Japan’s first cargo container-type large-capacity energy storage system using Li-ion batteries. The system is capable of providing power of up to one megawatts (MW), and its mobility makes the system suitable for a wide range of applications, including emergency use. Japan’s first container-type large-capacity energy storage system using lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI),

Sharp developing Intelligent Power Conditioner enabling EV batteries to be used as storage batteries for home power

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Sharp Corporation has developed an Intelligent Power Conditioner that enables batteries in electric vehicles to be used as storage batteries for the home. Sharp Intelligent Power Converter.

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New Mitsubishi Electric regenerative power optimization technology for railways reduces total energy consumption by up to 5%

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a new technology that reduces total railway energy consumption by up to 5% through efficient use of regenerative power from trains and optimized voltage control at multiple railway substations.

Toshiba to partner with Kawasaki City on 5-year demo of independent energy supply system utilizing solar power and hydrogen

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Toshiba Corporation and Kawasaki City will conduct a cooperative demonstration experiment of an independent energy supply system utilizing solar power and hydrogen. Hydrogen electrical power storage capacity is 350 kWh.

Toshiba supplying H2-based energy supply system to Tohoku Electric Power; evaluating H2 for overcoming fluctuations from renewables

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Toshiba Corporation will support a two-year study of power management to be done by Tohoku Electric Power Co., The H2One system uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen via electrolysis, as well as for charging a battery-based energy storage system.

A123 Systems awarded new patent on high-power capability nanoscale lithium transition metal phosphates

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The US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) has awarded A123 Systems a patent covering nanoscale lithium transition metal phosphates with high power capability. The nanoscale ion storage materials covered under the patent can exhibit increased electronic conductivity, improved electromechanical stability, increased rate of intercalation, and/or an extended range of solid solution.we —Nanoscale ion storage materials including co-existing phases or solid solutions.

Researchers demonstrate concept desalination battery

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However, the battery research community has recently shown increasing interest in aqueous sodium ion batteries for grid scale power storage applications.

ZSW develops process for Li-ion batteries with extended cycle life; 10,000 charge cycles

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The cells have a power density of 1,100 W/kg. The Lithium-ion batteries are intended for use in electric vehicles and as solar power storage systems. O 2 composite electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, Journal of Power Sources , Volume 210, Pages 276-285 doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2012.03.017.

Researchers synthesize battery cathode from lignin derivatives

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Renewable energy systems based on intermittent sources require methods for power balancing over time, and thus some means of storage. Charge storage in organic polymers rarely gives energy and power densities, gravimetric or volumetric, that match the needs for secondary batteries and supercapacitors. Materials for charge storage are desired from easily accessible and renewable sources. CV of the Ppy(Lig) composite electrode. (A)

IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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The extracted rock can be used directly as a power plant resource or it can be processed to produce shale oil, which in turn can be refined into gasoline, diesel or jet fuels.

New automotive application for second-life batteries from electric vehicles

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On the sidelines of the COP21 summit, Carwatt and its partners Renault, Paris City Council, BPI France, the Alès École des Mines Engineering School, and the Bobigny Business Campus are showing a converted Renault Trafic powered by second-life lithium-ion batteries recycled from Renault electric cars. Experiments are already under way on power storage applications, for example.

Hitachi Doubles Life of Industrial Li-ion Batteries with Manganese-Based Cathode Materials

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Lithium-ion batteries using the newly developed cathode material are expected to be used for electrical power storage in wind power generation and other new energy fields, and as industrial power sources for electric-powered construction machinery designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CODA Automotive Battery Joint Venture Secures $394M of Committed Capital for Expansion

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California-based electric car and battery company CODA Automotive ( earlier post ), together with its China-based joint venture partner, Lishen Power Battery, has secured $394 million of committed capital. The capital will enable the company to rapidly industrialize the all-electric CODA car’s power system for commercial volume production and support its ability to mass manufacture transportation and utility power storage battery systems.

Toshiba to supply 40MW-40MWh Li-ion storage system to Tohuku Electric Power

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Toshiba Corporation will supply a large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) to Tohoku Electric Power Company’s “Minami-Soma Substation Project to Verify the Improvement of Supply-demand Balance With Large-capacity Power Storage Systems″. Toshiba supplied a 40MW-class BESS to Tohoku Electric Power Company for Nishi-Sendai Project in 2014 to regulate frequency changes caused by power output fluctuations.

Toshiba Partnering with Mitsubishi To Develop Li-ion SCiB Battery Systems for EVs

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Toshiba positions the SCiB as a new business with promising long term growth potential—and one that is already showing its versatility, as the SCiB has already been selected for an electric bicycle, an electric motorcycle, and as part of the power storage in a microgrid system. Toshiba will produce SCiB for industrial applications, including EV and power storage, at Kashiwazaki Operations, a new facility in Niigata prefecture that is slated to start production in 2011.

ELIIY Begins Mass Production of Li-ion Batteries

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Keio University spin-out ELIIY Power Co., ELIIY plans to market stationary power systems for commercial and residential applications. Once that plant starts up, Eliiy Power will also begin producing and marketing power-storage battery systems for homes.Taking advantage of the economies of scale, the firm will also develop low-cost lithium ion battery systems for electric vehicles. Nikkei.

INEES report shows intelligent integration of EVs reduces power fluctuations, but not currently economically viable

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The findings of the report show that it is technically possible to absorb grid power fluctuations by connecting electric vehicles to the power supply. The supply of electrical power is undergoing a fundamental change.

Corvus Energy’s marine lithium polymer battery pack used in Europe’s first hybrid tugboat

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Corvus’ lithium polymer batteries last up to 10 times longer and have up to 10 times more power and energy storage than lead acid batteries. Seattle-based Foss Maritime introduced the world’s first hybrid tug, the Carolyn Dorothy in January 2009, proving that a hybrid tug can deliver full power and operational capabilities while significantly reducing fuel and emissions and saving on maintenance costs.

Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program Recommends Nearly $7.2M in Funding for 6 Projects; 3 Li-ion Awards

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The Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program supports research and development that addresses the technical and cost barriers to commercialization of advanced energy components and systems, with preference to wind, biomass, and energy storage in Ohio. Develop and Commercialize Residential Energy Storage Technology to Store Power Collected from Any Source of Electricity for Use at a Later Time. The Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program recently recommended nearly $7.2

OM Group to Acquire Advanced Battery Manufacturer EaglePicher Technologies for $171.9M

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EaglePicher is also actively pursuing opportunities that would leverage its advanced power storage technologies to serve the rapidly growing alternative energy market. million to develop a new generation of high energy, low cost planar liquid sodium beta batteries for grid scale electrical power storage applications. OM Group, Inc.,

NYSERDA Awards Ultralife $2.4M for Advanced Energy Storage System

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million by The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the design, development, prototyping, scale-up and installation of a 1 megawatt-hour advanced energy storage system on Ultralife’s Newark, New York corporate campus. Ultralife’s system will initially integrate two distinct power storage technologies, including a battery and ultracapacitor, on a distributed off-grid level, and then expand the system’s capability for on-grid integration.

New Energy and City of Roanoke, VA to demonstrate MotionPower System for generating electricity from moving cars at the Roanoke Civic Center

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Once fully optimized and installed, the MotionPower devices—similar to rumblestrips—might be used to augment or replace conventional residential or commercial electrical supplies used to power roadway signs, street and building lights, emergency power storage systems and other electronics, appliances and devices used in homes and businesses. New Energy Technologies, Inc.